The week ahead: Family events

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“THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE” Actors in grades K-9 journey to the high seas as pirates and other characters in this W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan comic operetta. Come dressed as your favorite G&S character on March 22 at 7 p.m. and you might win a prize. March 21 at 7 p.m. (through March 23). $12. Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 800-838-3006.


PUPPET SHOWPLACE THEATRE It’s the Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac, so saddle up and head to Brookline for the interactive “Hao Bang-Ya Horse” by Chinese Theatre Works. Stories, customs,, and horse wisdom abound (“Patting the Horse’s Rear-End” means flattery gets you nowhere). March 20 and 21 at 10:30 a.m., March 22 and 23 at
1 and 3 p.m. $12 (recommended for ages 3 and older). Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400.

TOT WALKS Your little ones will be very busy looking for animals and plants, singing, and enjoying nature activities with Lloyd Center outreach specialist, Jen Wimmer. Siblings are welcome. March 22 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. $5 (recommended for ages 3-5). Meet at the Lloyd Center’s Bond Building, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth. 508-558-2918.


“THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR” & OTHER FAVORITE ERIC CARLE STORIES The other two from the trio of tales presented by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia are “Little Cloud” and “The Mixed-up Chameleon.” The show features original music by Nova Scotian composer, Steven Naylor. March 23 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $13. Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. 617-965-5226.


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“PARTICLE FEVER” Congress can’t legislate its way out of a paper bag, but 10,000 scientists from more than 100 countries worked together to re-create the conditions moments after the Bing Bang. Directed by Mark Levinson. Screenings begin March 21 (check website for times). $11 (see website for additional prices). Kendall Square Cinema, 1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge. 617-621-1202.

JAMAICA POND VERNAL EQUINOX CELEBRATION Welcome spring with a walk around Jamaica Pond with poet Sandra Storey, philosopher Roger Gottlieb, and Frederick Law Olmsted enactor Gerry Wright. Jamaica Pond is part of Boston’s Frederick Law Olmsted Emerald Necklace park system. March 22 at 11 a.m. Free. Jamaica Pond Gazebo, Jamaicaway and Pond streets, Jamaica Plain. 617-524-7070.

VEGETABLE GARDEN WORKSHOP AT OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE Many 19th-century veggies are tough to find in stores, but seed varieties are available for purchase including Boston Marrow Squash, Green Nutmeg Melons, and Mangel Wurzel Beets. The workshop “Strategies for Successful Vegetable Gardens” includes tips, techniques, strategies, and lunch. March 22 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $55 (registration required). Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830.

“XX PLAYLAB: NEW FORMS” The Boston Center for the Arts and Company One Theatre support the work of female playwrights with this panel discussion and presentation of works in progress by Natsu Onoda Power, Miranda Craigwell, and Obehi Janice. March 23 at 7 p.m. Free. Plaza Theatre , 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-426-5000.

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